Document management – it’s something of a buzzword in the office technology industry. After all, documents are the lifeblood of business and few, if any, organizations exist which don’t use documents in some form. However, with so many pieces of information floating around in physical and digital forms, companies need document management to keep it all in order, organized, and easy to access.
HIPAA and HITECH are closely related sets of regulations that strive to secure Personal Health Information (PHI) from unauthorized access, dissemination, and exploitation. While HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) applies from 1996, the HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) only came into effect from 2009. Both sets of regulations established ways to ensure the privacy of medical information and that it remains a priority for the healthcare industry.
Healthcare professionals already work within highly regulated fields. Whether they are providing care or doing clinical research, an overarching compliance framework influences each task performed. Legislative agendas constantly change the landscape, while new laws touch on everything from medical device manufacturing to healthcare insurance providers’ tax returns. Keeping up to date with all the changes isn’t just tough, it becomes a nearly impossible responsibility for any medical facility.
Law firms deal with hundreds of documents daily. Streamlining every aspect of the document workflow – including how documents are stored, secured, and printed – is a critical part of the profession.